Spay and Neuter

If you are wondering when to schedule a spay and neuter procedure for your puppy or kitten, we welcome you to Alicia Pacific's Laguna Niguel veterinary clinic for a consultation. Our veterinary staff is happy to answer your questions about spaying and neutering.

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How Spay and Neuter Works

Spay and neuter are common pet surgery procedures done to prevent cats and dogs from being able to reproduce. Spay involves the surgical removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus of female animals. Neuter involves the removal of the testicles in male animals. Pets are put under general anesthesia during the procedure and internal reproductive organs are removed via small incisions in the abdomen.

Why Spay and Neuter?

Spay and neuter procedures sterilize your pets so they cannot have offspring. This prevents unwanted litters of puppies and kitties, many of whom would otherwise end up as strays or be sent to our nation's already overcrowded animal shelters.

Spay and neuter procedures save you money in the long run by helping you avoid costly expenses associated with pet pregnancy and other health conditions that spay and neuter prevent, such as certain types of cancer.

These types of pet surgery also improve or prevent certain issues associated with reproduction. For instance, spayed female cats and dogs do not menstruate. Neutered males are often less aggressive and less likely to roam or territorially mark areas of the home with their urine.

Spay and Neuter With Our Laguna Niguel Vet Team: What to Expect

Puppies and kittens are usually spayed or neutered around six months of age, but pets as young as eight weeks old can be spayed or neutered so long as they are healthy. When it's time to come to our Laguna Niguel vet clinic for your pet's procedure, we'll give you detailed instructions on how to prepare your animal (e.g., no food or water after the last midnight before surgery) and how to care for your pet when you take him or her home.

We will show you what signs and symptoms to look out for (e.g., infection, anesthesia complications, etc.) and make sure you know how to keep your pet's incisions clean and dry. Keep in mind, it is normal for your pet to be a little groggy for a day or two after the surgery! We recommend providing a calm and quiet environment for healing.

Call Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center Today!

Spay and neuter procedures are safe, simple, and beneficial for you, your pet, and your community. Call the Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center at (949) 783-9359 to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian in Laguna Niguel, CA today.

Our team wants to be your pet’s best friend

We believe in providing preventative care to help pets stay happy and healthy throughout their lives. From routine care to emergency services and everything between, we offer anything you need to ensure your pet’s health needs. We are thrilled to offer a wide range of services for dogs, cats and pocket pets, including:

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    Dental Care

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    Senior Pet Care

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    Laser Therapy

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    Nutrition Counseling

  • Alicia Pacific Vet Center offers various pet vaccines.


  • Emergency walk-in appointments are available for pet patients.

    Emergency Services